Monday May 4th, 2015 00:01

10 May: Christeene, Idris Khan and the Covent Garden May Fayre And Puppet Festival


And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

CABARET: Christeene | The Laundry | 10 May (pictured)
Promising a “gender-bending booty-pounding perversion of punk, foul hilarity and raw unabashed sexuality”, Christeene hits East London venue The Laundry for one night only. See if you can decipher this ThreeWeeks interview with Christeene from the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe. Details and tickets here.

EVENT: Covent Garden May Fayre And Puppet Festival | St Paul’s Church Garden | 10 May
This year marks the 40th anniversary of this annual event, which celebrates the first performance of Punch & Judy in Covent Garden in 1662 (witnessed by Samuel Pepys and recorded in his diary, handily). Various activities and events will take place throughout the day, including of course performances of the show itself. Details here.

VISUAL ART: Idris Khan – Conflicting Lines | Victoria Miro | 1 May – 6 Jun
A new exhibition of large-scale works from Idris Khan. The composite photographs are created from a series of oil stick paintings and a process of overlaying lines of writing repeatedly painted onto a minimal ground, until the language becomes obscured. Details here.

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Sunday April 12th, 2015 00:01

18 Apr: Catriona Knox, Sonia Delaunay, and a Battersea Arts Centre fundraiser

Catriona Knox

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Catriona Knox – Thinks She’s Hard Enough | Soho Theatre | 16-18 Apr (pictured)
Character comedian Catriona Knox’s 2014 Edinburgh show gained her high praise – including this 5/5 review from ThreeWeeks. You can find out more about the show in this TWL interview and catch the last of three performances of the show at the Soho Theatre tonight. Details and tickets here.

EVENT: Battersea Arts Centre Phoenix Fundraiser | Royal Festival Hall | 18 Apr
A night of comedy, theatre, music, cabaret and more to raise money for repair work at the Battersea Arts Centre, following the fire that caused huge damage to the building last month. Among those on the bill are Stewart Lee, Tim Key, Bridget Christie, Arthur Smith, Mackenzie Crook, Lemn Sissay, Toby Jones, the BAC Beatbox Academy, and the Kneehigh Band. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: The EY Exhibition – Sonia Delaunay | Tate Modern | 15 Apr – 9 Aug
Over a 60 year career, Parisian artist Sonia Delaunay became a key figure in European abstract art. This exhibition draws together work across a range of media, including paintings, textiles, clothes, and collaborations with poets, choreographers and manufacturers. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday March 19th, 2015 00:01

25 Mar: Bob And Roberta Smith, Creditors, and What She Will


And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

THEATRE: Creditors | Jack Studio Theatre | 24 Mar – 11 Apr (pictured)
Neil Smith’s adaptation of August Strindberg’s play is a darkly comic telling of how old debts can come back to haunt us. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: What She Will | Bridewell Theatre | 25-28 Mar
Presented through the eyes of William Shakespeare’s wife, Ann Hathaway, and using scenes and songs from the bard’s plays, ‘What She Will’ explores the lives of the real life women who inspired the characters in his works. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Bob And Roberta Smith – Why I Am So Angry | Handel Street Projects | 11 Mar – 9 May
Being displayed in the run up to the General Election in May, ‘Why I Am So Angry’ is Bob And Roberta Smith’s stand against the Conservative party’s attacks on art. “In a time of difficulty, culture can bring hope”, says Bob, both explaining the content and context of the exhibition. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday March 14th, 2015 00:01

20 Mar: Chic, Alexander McQueen, and Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher: Queen Of Soho

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Margaret Thatcher – Queen Of Soho | Leicester Square Theatre | 17-21 Mar (pictured)
Margaret Thatcher sings and jokes her way through this show about gay rights, the 80s and disco, which was the talk of last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. At the risk of shattering the illusion, I should probably tell you it’s not actually Margaret Thatcher on stage. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Chic featuring Nile Rodgers | The Roundhouse | 20-21 Mar
Nile Rodgers wrote all the songs. All of them. Well, a lot of them. So many that he needs two nights at The Roundhouse to fit them all in. This show will also mark the release of Chic’s first new single in 23 years. So that’s one more song to put on the list. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty | V&A | 14 Mar – 2 Aug
The first exhibition to celebrate the work of late fashion designer Alexander McQueen in Europe, expanded from its original showing at at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art in New York in 2011, spans his his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished autumn/winter 2010 collection. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday March 10th, 2015 00:01

16 Mar: Joshua Reynolds, Fashion On The Ration, and The 2000 Year Old Man

Fashion On The Ration

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

EXHIBITIONS: Fashion On The Ration – 1940s Street Style | Imperial War Museum | 5 Mar – 31 Aug (pictured)
How did fashion survive under 1940s ration? This exhibition at the Imperial War Museum shows how men and women created and adapted clothes and accessories to ensure that war and austerity did not force them to give up on their appearances. It also shows how this still has an effect on fashion today. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The 2000 Year Old Man | JW3 | 9-22 Mar
Back in 1960, before ‘The Producers’, ‘Blazing Saddles’ and ‘Young Frankenstein’, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner wrote ‘The 2000 Year Old Man’, a comedy routine pitched as an interview with an extremely elderly man (I reckon you can guess how old) about the many historical figures he has known in his long life. A best-selling album at the time, the show has never been performed live in the UK until now – featuring actor Kerry Shale in the title role and comedian Chris Neill as the interviewer. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Joshua Reynolds – Experiments In Paint | The Wallace Collection | 12 Mar – 7 Jun
This free exhibition gives access to an array of paintings by Joshua Reynolds, widely considered to be one of the greatest portraitists of the eighteenth century. The show offers a snapshot of Joshua Reynolds’s creative process, and reveals discoveries made during a four-year research project into the Reynolds works in the Wallace Collection. Details here.

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Sunday March 8th, 2015 00:01

14 Mar: Noel Fielding, FutureFest, and The Great Home Hack

Noel Fielding

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

FESTIVALS: FutureFest | Vinopolis | 14-15 Mar
FutureFest aims to gather some of the planet’s most radical thinkers, makers and performers together to create an immersive experience of what the world might be like in decades to come. Cool, huh? An array of exciting speakers will ponder how why might view politics, technology, money, music and more in decades to come. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Noel Fielding – He Wore Dreams Around Unkind Faces | Royal Albert Hall | 14-15 Mar
Open from 7-17 Mar to people attending shows at the Royal Albert Hall, this weekend gives a chance for all-comers to take a look at comedian Noel Fielding’s latest exhibition of his art. A mixed media artist, this show see Fielding working exclusively in watercolour, though with the surreal visual style you would expect. Details here.

WORDS & EVENTS: The Great Home Hack | Fulham Palace | 13-15 Mar
Curated by Channel 4’s Max McMurdo, the weekend will include workshops and live demonstrations of how to upcycle and adapt items from your own home to improve the way you live. There will also be wine, because somehow this is supposed to mark the 40th anniversary of Brancott Estate wines. Details and tickets here.

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Friday March 6th, 2015 00:01

12 Mar: Wink, Laura Welsh, and Convergence Festival

Laura Welsh

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

FESTIVALS: Convergence | various venues | 12-22 Mar
Bringing together music and visual art that use technology in new and interesting ways, Convergence takes place in various venues across London, including Royal Festival Hall, Village Underground and St John-at-Hackney Church. There are numerous events scheduled over the course of the festival, kicking off with tonight’s opening party, with live performances from Clark, Vessels and Rival Consoles. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Laura Welsh | Electrowerkz | 12 Mar (pictured)
Hotly-tipped musician Laura Welsh, fresh from an appearance on the soundtrack of ’50 Shades Of Grey’, will headline a show at Electrowerkz in Islington tonight. She’ll be performing tracks from her fresh-out debut album, ‘Soft Control’, four of which you can listen to here – including her duet with John Legend, ‘Hardest Part. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Wink | Theatre503 | 10 Mar – 4 Apr
John is a 27 year old teacher, Mark is one of his sixteen year old pupils. After school, Mark dreams of another life, and starts to build it online. Unfortunately, that life already belongs to John. Written by Phoebe Eclair-Powell and directed by Jamie Jackson, ‘Wink’ explores two lives heading for collision. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 00:01

9 Mar: Jerry’s Girls, Inventing Impressionism, and Female Film Critics

Salon Discussion: Female Film Critics

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

MUSICALS: Jerry’s Girls | St James Theatre | 3-15 Mar
Some classical Broadway for you here, with a musical revue based on the songs of multi-award-winning composer and lyricist Jerry Herman. Created in 1981 by Herman and Larry Alford, ‘Jerry’s Girls’ collectors songs from musicals including ‘Hello Dolly!’, ‘Mame, Mack And Mabel’ and ‘La Cage Aux Folles’. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Inventing Impressionism | National Gallery | 4 Mar – 15 May
The UK’s first major exhibition devoted to Paul Durand-Ruel, the entrepreneurial art dealer who discovered the Impressionists – a term originally meant to be derogatory. In the late nineteenth century, as they struggled for acceptance, Durand-Ruel took a punt on the likes of Monet, Degas, Manet, Renoir, Pissarro and Sisley and came out smiling (though not before he near bankrupted himself a couple of times in his devotion to the new style and its creators). Details and tickets here.

WORDS & EVENTS: Salon Discussion – Female Film Critics | BFI Southbank | 9 Mar (pictured)
Marking yesterday’s International Women’s Day, the BFI is hosting this discussion exploring the history of female film critics. Pamela Hutchinson, Sophie Mayer, Francine Stock and Catherine Wheatley will sit on a panel chaired by Sight & Sound’s Production Editor Isabel Stevens. Details and tickets here.

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Monday March 2nd, 2015 00:01

8 Mar: Lardo, The Collector, and Mr Elbank’s Beard


And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

THEATRE: The Collector | The Space | 3-14 Mar
Written by Mark Healey and based on the novel by John Fowles, this Lotte Ruth Johnson-directed production follows reclusively entomologist Frederick Clegg and the latest addition to his collection – not an insect but rather art student Miranda Grey. He attempts to keep her in a manner he feels she will enjoy so that he can admire her, she struggles to understand why she is being held against her will in a cellar with no seeming desire for ransom or sex. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Lardo | Old Red Lion | 3-29 Mar (pictured)
Lardo dreams of becoming a professional wrestler. When this dream becomes a reality, and he becomes an overnight sensation, his personal life descends into something reminiscent of a wrestling storyline. “The story sees how he copes when he is pushed to his own limit, and how those people he innocently neglected choose to help him, or not, when things get too tough”, says lead actor Daniel Buckley in this TWL interview. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Mr Elbank – Beard | Somerset House | 5-29 Mar
Beards, eh? There’s everywhere at the moment. Not least at Somerset House, where photographer Mr Elbank is exhibiting over 80 portraits of people and their facial hair. The show comprises Elbank’s ‘#Project60′ collection, created for skin cancer charity Niggles’ Beard Season, plus new and previously unseen works. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday February 12th, 2015 00:01

18 Feb: Grainne Maguire, Elliphant and Robin Lee’s Regrets

Gráinne Maguire

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: What Has The News Ever Done For Me? | Aces And Eights Bar | 18 Feb (pictured)
Comedian Grainne Maguire’s monthly topic panel show returns, with another three stand-ups called upon to convince the audience why their chosen news story is the one everyone should care about. Previous nights have asked such burning questions as, ‘Which is the more important of cuts to the NHS and the B*Witched reunion?’ Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Elliphant | XOYO | 18 Feb
Swedish genre-spanning singer, rapper and now iPad advert star Elliphant heads to London for a headline show at XOYO to give a taste of her debut album. An all too rare opportunity to see this up-and-coming star. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART/EVENTS: Regrets | Barts Pathology Museum | 18 Feb
This exhibition of Robin Lee’s art made with real life hearts is on show at Barts Pathology Museum throughout February. However, this ticketed evening event will give attendees the chance to view the work alongside the artist. There will also be heart-themed food and drink (Marinated ox heart, Bloody Mary served in syringes etc) created by chef Andy Evans, plus live music. Details and tickets here.

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Friday January 30th, 2015 00:01

5 Feb: Tony Law, Alpines and Marlene Dumas

Tony Law

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

ART: Marlene Dumas – Image As Burden | Tate Modern | 5 Feb – 10 May
The Tate hosts a display of works from South African painter Marlene Dumas, who’s known for her psychologically-charged style and leanings towards themes of sexuality, love, death and shame. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Green Milk Comedy Night w/ Tony Law | The Pipeline | 5 Feb (pictured)
This brand-new-as-can-be comedy night, which is based in a basement on Liverpool Street, is headlined by whimsical Canadian wild man Tony Law, and features Wales’ Welshest Matt Rees and duffel coat-loving stand-up Harriet Kemsley. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Unicef Next Generation After-Party w/ Alpines | Village Underground | 5 Feb
Children’s charity Unicef presents this ‘London-themed’ event in aid of its Syria Appeal. Kingston synth-pop pair Alpines play live, with DJ sets on the bill by ‘next gen’-type bright new things Any1 Bro and MNEK. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday December 17th, 2014 13:19

New Year’s Eve in London 2014

Queen & Adam Lambert

And the ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events happening this New Year’s Eve are…

A Bowie Odyssey | Shacklewell Arms
Capping off an astral 2014 for the Starman (what with the release of his latest greatest hits compilation ‘Nothing Has Changed’, and all), it’s this party from Ziggy mega-fans House Of Jealous Lovers & Brain Wash, which features karaoke, facepainting, a fancy dress contest and ‘Labyrinth’-ine visuals. Let’s dance! Details and tickets here.

Black Butter Records NYE | Electric Brixton
This 9pm-6am all nighter, hosted by taste-making label Black Butter, features an unbelievable NYE spread including BB royalty Kidnap Kid, My Nu Leng, Woz and Wayward and, crowning it all, the final live appearance by Biasonic label boss and breakbeat/garage man Zed Bias. Details and tickets here.

Craig Charles Funk And Soul Club New Year’s Extravaganza 2014 | Brooklyn Bowl
If you want some quality funk and soul in your ears as the new year rises up before you, then head down to the O2 Dome complex and its Brooklyn Bowl venue. Here’s BBC 6 Music’s Craig Charles will be hosting a night with a range of DJ and live guests. Details and tickets here.

Queen & Adam Lambert Rock Big Ben – Live | Central Hall Westminster (pictured)
THE Queen and their intern Adam Lambert will play their (Queen’s) hits at this special yet pretty pricey (tickets start at £118.15) New Year’s Eve show near Big Ben, and hey, it’s even going to be screened live on BBC One, slotting in around the River Thames fireworks display, and all that jazz. “OK – let’s rock into 2015!”, says Brian May. Details and tickets here.

Moondance NYE 2014 | The Scala
Moondance has an impressive show lined up at The Scala in Kings Cross, with old skool drum n bass, jungle, house, acid house and club classics all covered. Amongst the many names on the bill are Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Donovan ‘Bad Boy’ Smith, Hamilton, The Ragga Twins and loads more. Details and tickets here.

NYE at Fabric | Fabric
Always a winner, Fabric is back for its sixteenth annual New Year’s Eve blowout, this year headlined by Seth Troxler, Scuba and Jackmaster. Also on hand will be CW/A (live), PBR Streetgang, Magda, Heartthrob and, of course, residents Craig Richards and Terry Francis. Details and tickets here.

NYE at The Lexington w/ White Heat | The Lexington
Whilst indie disco party White Heat might’ve lost its Soho base of years and years – the now-closed Madame JoJos – earlier this year, the party goes on tonight at The Lexington, with lasers, smoke machines party poppers and on the decks, White Heat residents and Nightcare. Details and tickets here.

Slide & Get Diverted NYE w/ Gilles Peterson | Prince Of Wales, Brixton
The teams from Slide and Get Diverted go crew-to-crew with this big, Brixton-based mix of smooth global jams, headlined by the king of crate-digging Gilles Peterson, and also playing host to luminaries like Simbad and Eskimo Twins. Details and tickets here.

Vagabondz | Secret East London warehouse location
Congo Natty will be heading up the Vangabondz NYE bash, which features a great line-up of supporting spinners. Mala & Coki (aka Digital Mystikz) will be there, as will Sub Phizix & Strategy, MJ Cole, Newham Generals, Flava D & Moony and Goede. Details and tickets here.

Wiggle & Superfreq present Superwigglefreq | Number 90
And finally, Mr C will be up to no good with Wiggle and Superfreq at Number 90 down in Hackney Wick. As will Evil Eddie Richards, Nathan Coles, Malchevsky & The Little Dude, plus a secret special guest. If you can hack it, there’s an afterparty to take you through New Year’s Day at The Star Of Bethnal Green too. Details and tickets here.

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Friday December 5th, 2014 00:01

Thursday 11 December 2014 in London

Little Simz

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

EXHIBITION/PHOTOGRAPHY: Skinhead – An Archive | Ditto Press | 11 Dec
Coinciding with Ditto’s latest publication, a book tracing the lineage of the skinhead in art and society, this good-looking display of photography and ‘printed material’ features reactionary designs by menswear creative Martine Rose, DJs from NTS Radio, and free drinks. And the event itself, is free. Details here.

MUSIC: Little Simz + M.O | XOYO | 11 Dec
20 year old Islington rap prodigy Little Simz, who’s tipped by many (not least Jay-Z, via his Life + Times blog) to ‘break big’ in 2015, highlights her first EP ‘EDGE’, and litter of past mixtapes, with this headline show presented by Wireless Festival. Cool girl trio M.O and hip hop pairing OCD (aka Moosh & Twist) also play live. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Knight Of The Burning Pestle | Sam Wannamaker Playhouse | 11 Dec – 11 Jan 2015
Jacobean satirist Francis Beaumont’s ‘several plays within a play’, which is back in a puff of wig powder following a spirited first whip-crack at the candle-lit Wannamaker earlier this year, features Phil ‘Parklife’ Daniels and Pauline McLynn as a stage-heckling grocer and his wife. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday November 29th, 2014 00:01

Friday 5 December 2014 in London

The Bolt

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Adam Kay & The Amateur Transplants – Going For A #1 At Christmas | The Tabernacle | 5 Dec
Former doctor and now-musical-comic Adam Kay conducts his band The Amateur Transplants in an all singing, all glad-tidings-bringing Christmas show with a dark side to it, as (as was discussed in Kay’s ThisWeek London chat circa last Xmas) is his wont. Details and tickets here.

EXHIBITION: Bolt | GRAD | 6 Dec – 28 Feb 2015 (pictured)
The Gallery For Russian Arts & Design hosts this exhibition digging in to Dmitri Shostakovich’s anarchic ballet ‘Bolt’, a black industrial satire full of all kinds of shady behaviour, which was hit with a Soviet government ban shortly after its debut in 1931. The original show, which featured real hammers and machine-inspired acrobatics, is reanimated here via a lively free-entry display of weird and witty scenery and costumes. Details here.

MUSIC: Metronomy | Alexandra Palace | 5 Dec
Modular pop oddballs Metronomy cap a storming year – which shoved off with the springtime release of the band’s fourth LP ‘Love Letters’ – with this over-sized show at London’s Ally Pally. Support is from Australian songwriter and ‘Avant Gardener’ Courtney Barnett and linear synth man NZCA Lines. Details and tickets here.

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Friday October 17th, 2014 00:01

Thursday 23 October 2014 in London

The Radical Nude

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

ART: Egon Schiele – The Radical Nude | The Courtauld Gallery | 23 Oct – 18 Jan 2015 (pictured)
An in-parts explicit exhibition of skin-baring naked pics, ‘The Radical Nude’ celebrates the revelatory work of very late Austrian expressionist painter Egon Schiele, who in his brief artistic lifetime became (and is still known as) one of the most significant figures in the development of modern art. Radical, dude. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Tom Wrigglesworth – Utterly At Odds With The Universe | Leicester Square Theatre | 23 Oct
Trailed by the mighty Mr Wrigglesworth himself (in his springtime chat with ThisWeek) as “80 minutes of hilarity, then ten minutes of an emotional free fall”, ‘Utterly At Odds…’ looks back on Tom’s relationship with his grandfather, incorporating poignant tapings of the two’s convos dating back to his childhood days. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: You Have To Forgive Me… | Ovalhouse | 23-25 Oct
Theatrical ideas man Brian Lobel’s ‘durational’ one-to-one show, in which he invites a single viewer to join him in bed and stream ‘Sex And The City’ for 45 mins. Apparently, it’s really an examination of intimacy, isolation and binge-watching, and also to a bid to trace the lasting significance of Carrie Bradshaw ten years on from the ‘SATC’ TV finale. Each performance will have an audience of one, and ‘pay what you like’ admission is only available to those that fill in, and pass, a 94-point questionnaire. Details here.

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Friday October 10th, 2014 00:01

Thursday 16 October 2014 in London

William Morris

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

ART/EXHIBITION: Anarchy And Beauty – William Morris And His Legacy | National Portrait Gallery | 16 Oct – 11 Jan 2015 (pictured)
Victorian artist, craftsman, writer and all-over visionary radical William Morris, him of printed floral wallpaper fame, is paid homage to in a spotlit showcase of his portraits, furniture, textiles, homeware and personal paraphernalia – many pieces of which are on display for the first time in all of time. Arranged alongside his work are bits n bobs by his contemporaries Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones; plus a horde of books, jewellery, ceramics and clothing by Morris inspirees like Eric Gill, Terence Conran and Bernard Leach. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Stuart Laws – When’s This Gonna Stop | Hen & Chickens Theatre | 16 Oct
Oi, it’s ya boy, the spontaneous and slightly unhinged Stuart Laws, who in his Edinburgh-Fringe-reprising solo show ‘When’s This Gonna Stop’ will toy with topics like catchphrases, gibbons, Billy Joel, spiders and ‘Donnie Darko’. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Rocío Molina – Bosque Andora | Barbican | 16-18 Oct
Skirt-tossing first-lady-of-flamenco Rocío Molina choreographs and stars in this dance based around the ‘animal’ instinct for survival, as a cast of two male dancers and six musicians accompany Molina in a whirl of drama, sound looping and, of course, some moving; all with a crisp and distinctly non-‘trad’ aesthetic. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday October 8th, 2014 13:43

Wednesday 15 October 2014 in London

The Rivals

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

ART: Rembrandt – The Late Works | National Gallery | 15 Oct – 18 Jan 2015
The rather disastrous autumn years of Dutch artist Rembrandt’s life are the focal point of this seasonal major show, which traces his increasingly radical and expressive style in an array of bold and self-examining paintings and prints, most emblematic of all his warts-and-all ‘Self Portrait At The Age Of 63′, which was finished in the final year of his life. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Mostly Comedy w/ Phil Kay + Luke Benson + Lou Sanders | Leicester Square Theatre | 15 Oct
“Bright and sparky” two-man package Doggett & Ephgrave host an in-the-mainly-comic night of… well… ‘Mostly Comedy’ by “accommodating” master-narrator Phil Kay, Amused Moose Laughter Awards finalist 2014 Lou Sanders, and tall class clown Luke Benson. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Rivals | Arcola Theatre | 15 Oct – 15 Nov (pictured)
Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s witty five-act society play circa 1775 is updated under the guidance of Selina Cadell. Gemma Jones stars as the formidable and gaffe-prone Mrs Malaprop, and Nicholas Le Prevost is Sir Anthony Absolute, a rich aristocrat whose son/heir pretends to be poor in order to woo the sentimental Lydia Languish. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday October 8th, 2014 12:49

Tuesday 14 October 2014 in London

The Hundred We Are

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

ART: ICA Off-Site | The Old Selfridges Hotel | 14-18 Oct
Team ICA check into the listed Old Selfridges Hotel for a week of free-entry events, designed to coincide with this year’s Frieze London art fair. Brooklyn-based dancer and curator Isabel Lewis kicks things off with a sequence of dance ‘occasions’ modelled on the drinking/love-making/philsophising symposiums of ancient Greece; with latter ICA link-ins with online-only alt station NTS Radio, the Siobhan Davies Dance co, NYC art man Korakrit Arunanondchai culminating in a ‘summit’ on contemporary art and ‘the politics of digital dirculation’. Details here.

ART: MirrorCity | Hayward Gallery | 14 Oct – 4 Jan 2015
A showcase of various artists’ reactions to the physical/abstract realities of life in ‘digital age’, ‘MirrorCity’ features features special commissions, and recently-made creations relevant to the theme, by Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq, Anne Hardy, Ursula Mayer, Katrina Palmer, Laure Prouvost, Hannah Sawtell, Lindsay Seers, John Stezaker and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Hundred We Are | The Yard Theatre | 14 Oct – 8 Nov (pictured)
Having awed critics and norms with his last play ‘Invasion!’, Jamie Harper once again looks to the Khemiri theatre co to ‘make real’ his latest script, which traces (and tangles) the lives of a radical young girl, a middle-aged homebody and a wise old sage lady in a fast-paced inter-mingling of time, space and identity. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday October 7th, 2014 14:27

Sunday 12 October 2014 in London


And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: The Grin Bin w/ Phill Jupitus + Pappy’s + Sofie Hagen | Backyard Comedy Club | 12 Oct
A well-paced benefit gala evening-type affair in aid of England’s national roller derby team (and why not?), The Richard Sandling MC’d Grin Bin is literally spilling over with an embarrassment of comic riches; not least a headlining set by TV/theatre trash man Phill Jupitus, sketch pals Pappy’s, Scandi stand-up Sofie Hagen, and even ‘Game Of Thrones’ actress Gemma Whelan. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Chantal Akerman Day | JW3 | 12 Oct
Lovers-of-film A Nos Amours host this daytime symposium on artist and filmmaker Chantal Akerman, who specialises in meditations on loneliness, anxiety, alienation and unease. Alongside a number of curated showings of her work; the programme includes short papers, panel discussions, screenings of interviews – and indeed a live Q&A – with Akerman herself. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Oxjam Dalston Takeover | various locations | 12 Oct
LDN’s too-cool Dalston locale comes alive in the name of charity, with a single Oxjam ticket granting the right to party with a hive of DJs and live acts, like for instance Throwing Shade, Blue Hawaii, Livin Proof affiliates Budgie & Raj, Kit Grill and Bell Towers. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday October 2nd, 2014 14:34

Thursday 9 October 2014 in London

Doc Brown

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

ART: Alibis – Sigmar Polke 1963-2010 | Tate Modern | 9 Oct – 8 Feb 2014
The Tate Modern hosts this lifetime review of ‘insatiably experimental’ late German art rebel Sigmar Polke, who in his five decade career defied classification; dipping into painting, drawing, photography, film and sculpture, and also working with things like notebooks, slide projections, photocopies and many a ‘weird’ material. Like snail juice, to name one. The show’s title ‘Alibis’ is a nod to Polke’s scorn and hatred of the Nazi party, and to all those who relied and still rely on the alibi ‘I didn’t see anything’ as a way to shirk responsibility for the war crimes and atrocities of WW2. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Doc Brown – The Weird Way Round | The Forum | 9 Oct (pictured)
Doc ‘Ben Smith’ Brown, seriously smart comic, rapper, actor, cultural pundit and kid-brother-to-Zadie-Smith ponders ‘life, love and lyricism’ in his new show ‘The Weird Way Round’. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Made In Dagenham | Adelphi Theatre | 9 Oct – 28 Mar 2015
Apple-cheeked starlet Gemma Arterton, off of films, here tries a bit of real-time acting (and singing, and dancing) as the fearless Rita, who leads the Essex girls – nay, ladies – of the Dagenham Ford car-making plant in a game-changing 1968 pay-strike. Based on the zippy 2010 film by Nigel Cole, which itself was based on real events that happened in real people’s real lives, ‘Made In Dag’ has a very credible creative team behind it, not least ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ script-writer Richard Bean, BAFTA and Grammy-winning composer David Arnold, Olivier-winning lyricist Richard Thomas (who also did ‘Anna Nicole’, FYI) and, to cap it off real nicely, acclaimed Almeida Theatre AD Rupert Goold. Details and tickets here.

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